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Al-Qaida threatens to kill U.S. hostage in three days

CAIRO — Yemen’s al-Qaida affiliate has threatened to kill American hostage Luke Somers in three days if its demands are not met, according to a U.S. group that monitors terrorist organizations and jihadist activity.

Yemen bombing near home of Iran’s envoy kills two

SANAA, Yemen — A car bomb planted by al-Qaida militants exploded today near the home of Iran’s ambassador to Yemen, killing two people amid a Shiite power grab in the impoverished Arab country believed to be supported by the Islamic Republic.

Netanyahu fires top Cabinet ministers

JERUSALEM — Israel’s divided government fell apart Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two rebellious Cabinet ministers and called for a new election more than two years ahead of schedule.

Hong Kong protesters surrender

HONG KONG — Three founders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement called today for an end to street demonstrations to prevent more violence and take the campaign to a new stage, but it wasn’t clear whether student protesters, who make up the bulk of the activists, would heed the call.

Kenya security shakeup after extremist killings

NAIROBI, Kenya — Islamic extremists killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in northern Kenya early today, prompting Kenya’s president to fire his interior minister and accept the resignation of the national police chief.

Egyptian court acquits doctor

CAIRO — An Egyptian court today acquitted a doctor charged with committing female genital mutilation that led to a 13-year-old girl’s death in a Nile Delta village, the country’s first trial on charges of breaking the ban on the practice.

Police: Miss Honduras, sister apparently killed

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Two bodies believed to belong to Miss Honduras 2014 and her sister have been found buried near the spa where they disappeared six days ago, the Honduras National Police director said today.

Palestinians kill 4 in Jerusalem synagogue attack

JERUSALEM — Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers today, killing four people in the city’s bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout.

Report: 51 killed in Congo police sweep against gangs

KINSHASA, Congo — Human Rights Watch says in a new report that police in Congo’s capital conducted dozens of extrajudicial killings in a three-month crackdown against organized crime gangs.

U.S.-China reach climate agreement

BEIJING — A groundbreaking agreement struck by the United States and China is putting the world’s two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.

Spacecraft lands on comet

DARMSTADT, Germany — The European Space Agency celebrated a cosmic touchdown today by successfully landing a spacecraft on a comet for the first time in history.

Sterilization deaths show India’s health care ills

NEW DELHI — The women were poor, from villages in central India where the promise of a few dollars is all but impossible to resist. Many had babies so young they were still nursing at their mothers’ breasts.

Truce deal one of few ideas left for Syria peace

Traction is growing for one of the few ideas left for peace in Syria’s civil war: Work out a series of local cease-fires to try to quiet the bloodiest fronts around the country, without tackling the core issues of the conflict between President Bashar Assad’s government and the rebels.

Putin’s gallantry upstages Chinese host at APEC

BEIJING — It was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Xi Jinping while the Chinese president chatted with Barack Obama. The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit host gauche and inattentive.

Egyptians complain of heavy-handed army crackdown

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Egyptian troops are pressing ahead with the demolition of hundreds of homes along the border with the Gaza Strip, cutting off electricity and firing warning shots in the air in a heavy-handed campaign to evict thousands of residents from the volatile area.